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24 April 2020
One of the most romantic roles
in Vincent's career was playing Yanko in the 1997 film
FROM THE SEA. I have updated the film page after 20 years!
Yes, it's been that long. How many celebrity web site developers
have shown that kind of dedication!
Based on famous novelist
Joseph Conrad’s short story, "Amy Foster", the film is a love story
which pits two strong-hearted lovers against the elements and
against the hatred and prejudice of Cornish country people in late
19th Century England. Match this tragic romance with the
cinematography of Tim Pope and the lush soundtrack by John Barry,
and you have a glorious result! The film's esteemed cast included Sir Ian McKellan,
Rachel Weisz and Kathy Bates. They were very well selected.
Rachel Weisz possessed a calm, confident sort of tranquility and her
classic beauty made her perfect for the character of Amy Foster. In
his role as Yanko, Vincent was very expressive without losing
a quiet sense of strength plus his accent and mannerisms were very
convincing as a Ukranian foreigner on British soil. If you haven't
yet seen this film, it's a must-see for every Perez fan.
"I would change nothing, my love, my gold, we are the
lucky ones." ...Yanko
"I will love him until the end of
the world." ...Amy
I actually traveled to England to personally see
this rugged and stunning landscape as the cinematography in this
film was so rapturous for me. I stayed at the Port William Inn on Trebarwith
Strand (pictured below), just a few miles north of Port Isaac
and Port Quinn where much of the story takes place. Words cannot describe the beauty and romance of the Cornish coast.
Director Beeban Kidron
"If he needs to dance, he learns to dance. If he needs to speak Ukrainian, suddenly he can
speak Ukrainian. Purely in terms of technical prowess, he's very impressive. He's also a
lot of fun, and has an incredible sweetness as a human being that he brings to the role.
And it doesn't hurt that he's also drop-dead gorgeous.
Vincent did such incredible work transforming himself from Swiss/Spanish
to Ukrainian that on some days, I would ask him to ad lib in Ukrainian, forgetting it
wasn't his native tongue. It was one of the great pleasures of working back in
"Beeban's approach to directing is very precise but also very free. I
wasn't very far from Yanko and I guess she saw that. We never had to
struggle to find a scene because the script was very well written,
and she knew exactly what she wanted. But she was always ready for
an actor to surprise her, which is great. I felt I had to do this movie for my father. My father left Spain and my
mother left Germany to seek a better life, just as Yanko did. When I read the
script, I felt something very intimate."
Rachel Weisz discusses
"He's a very passionate man, playing a kind of passionate role. He
wasn't frightened to unleash all of it. He's so beautiful, but he
didn't stand there being still in his close-ups. He really let go of
all his feelings, which I thought was bold and refreshing. I had the
best working relationship I've ever had with anyone. He's
extraordinary... Ultimately, the success of any love story depends
upon the chemistry between the two protagonists. That's something
that either happens or it doesn't. With Vincent, it was brilliant.
We never planned it or talked it through. It just happened in front
of the camera. Working with him was a very happy experience."
"I had hugely admired Rachel Weisz onstage (in the
London production of Noël Coward's Design for Living)
and Vincent Perez in the film La Reine Margot. With Kathy Bates supporting them,
I should have been a fool not to want to be involved with such a
Flashback to 20 years ago: Here's Vincent
and his wife at the Cesar Awards on February 19, 2000. The first
photo shows the couple with actor/director Guillaume Canet and the
second one with brother-in-law Luc Besson.
17 April 2020
Without any scheduled
events to attend or film production going on, Vincent has turned his
attention to posting some family photos. On January 24, 2003,
Vincent and Karine had twins - Tess India and Pablo Vicente.
At 17 years old, Pablo is now attending the Putnam Science Academy
in Connecticut, enrolled in their basketball program. The third
photo was taken a few years ago.
Vincent appears to be a very
proud father and describes him with these sentiments - "My friends
used to call him Buddha because he is always calm in difficult
situations. He's wise and knows how to analyze things... He will
achieve anything he decides to do."
Pablo's twin sister Tess
also has her father's strong admiration and affection. He describes
her as having an "incredible will" and she impresses him with her
kindness and generosity. He says she sings with a "magical voice"
and writes the most beautiful songs. What lovely things for a father
to say about his children!
This first photo is a new
addition taken from the Italian
edition of the December 1992 issue of Vogue magazine. For other Vogue photos
of Vincent with model Carla Bruni, check out
this gallery. The photo shoots
shown below were
also taken in the same year.
04 March 2020
The third edition of the Rencontres du 7e art
Lausanne has been canceled.
On Monday evening, the
organizers of the Rencontres 7e Art Lausanne took the decision
to cancel its 3rd edition, scheduled for March 4 to 8.
"The current context linked to the Coronavirus epidemic in
Switzerland and the inherent uncertainty in this situation does
not allow the 7th Art Lausanne Meetings to take place in good
conditions", explained the persons responsible for the Meetings
in a press release.
It is obviously a blow for the festival created and embodied by
Vincent Perez, who was counting on this 3rd edition to anchor it
even more deeply in the soil of Lausanne. Nearly 50 screenings
of heritage films were planned, as well as a dozen conferences
at the EJMA and public meetings with about fifty personalities,
including Isabella Rosselini, Roland Joffé, Cédric Klapisch,
Bertrand Blier, Anaïs Demoustier, Niels Schneider, etc.
The Rencontres 7e Art Lausanne had a budget of 1 million francs
and had gathered 10,000 film lovers last year.
"Despite the respect of the limit of 1000 spectators decreed to
date as a measure by the Federal Council, it has also become
impossible to logistically ensure optimal reception and security
for the public as well as for the guests", announced yesterday
evening festival. And Vincent Perez to clarify. "Despite all our
efforts to maintain this new edition, which promised to be
magnificent, it is our responsibility to guarantee the quality
to which we all aspire within the Meetings. I would like to
thank all of our partners who are following us in this difficult
decision, as well as the teams and volunteers for their
The festival hopes to be able to communicate as soon as possible
postponement of this third edition. All ticket holders will be
able to refund their tickets.
02 March 2020
The César Awards
were held on February 28 with Roman Polanski's film
AN OFFICER AND A SPY (J'ACCUSE) winning
three awards out of its 12 nominations. The Polish director was not
there to collect any of the prizes. He announced on Thursday that he
would not attend the ceremony because he feared a "public lynching"
from protestors. The film's first award of the night was for best
costume designer, but the winner, Pascaline Chavanne, was not
present to collect her trophy. The entire cast (including Vincent)
and production team has shunned the event over criticism aimed at
their director. Polanski was named best director and was also given
the award for best adapted screenplay along with Robert Harris, the
British novelist. "Very few" people applauded Polanski's best
director award, said Le Monde and some stars walked out.
Ben Croll of Variety wrote the
following article today entitled "Think Cinema’s Vincent Perez on
Exploring Why We Create Art". Here are some extracts:
In 2018, Swiss
actor-director Vincent Perez teamed up with the Cinémathèque
Suisse, the country’s premiere film archive, to launch a
heritage film festival in the actor’s hometown of Lausanne. For
its first edition, the event ran under the title r7al – the
Rencontres 7e Art Lausanne – and was rebranded Think Cinema
Lausanne the following year.
explanation: "We wanted to put something forward for our
English-speaking friends, Whereas Re7 spoke more to Francophones,
we wanted a name that really said everything. Something that
would explain our mission, that would be simple and direct.
We're beginning to really understand what makes our festival
unique. Our identity is becoming more and more clear... "Nobody
asks us to make art. We do so because we want to, and we want to
because we need to. So we're interested in those questions, in
asking why we tell stories, and then exploring the answers with
our guests... Nobody is here to promote anything, and there's no
competition. That changes the nature of the conversations, of
the questions the audiences ask and the answers the filmmakers
give. We’re interested in curating a selection of films that can
track social transformations in the way they treat a shared
subject. Love stories from the 1950s treated their female
characters very differently than love stories from the 1970s…
[So] we thought it was interesting to have an overview of that
evolution. Society liberated itself from certain dogmas, and the
cinema mirrors those changes... The festival is growing. The
baby we cradled on our laps is now beginning to walk all on its
own. Maybe it's no longer a baby. [laughing] Now it's a
This article is from
year, Think Cinema welcomed 10,000 attendees over the
course of four days, marking a 33% increase in attendance from
its inaugural edition. As the festival prepares its third
go-round, founder and president Vincent Perez anticipates a
similar rise. Whatever the final number may be, it’s safe to say
many of those attendees will spring from Lausanne’s student
population. More than 40,000 young adults live and study in the
lakefront city, which houses several top Swiss schools.
Since its inception in 2018, Think Cinema has not only targeted
that young population, but has actively partnered with a number
of the city’s top educational institutions, as well as cultural
outposts like Cinematheque Suisse and the Jan Michalski
Foundation for Writing and Literature. This year anew, the
festival will host masterclasses at Lausanne’s university of art
and design, ECAL, and screenings at the school jazz and
contemporary music, EJMA, venues that have become key parts of
this young event’s identity.
"The tone of the festival is very laidback and cool," says
Perez. "(And though we attract well known figures), proximity is
very important. The goal is to bring everyone together, to make
the public participants in the events. The rooms at ECAL and
EJMA aren’t always very big, which keeps things intimate and
convivial. It gives the whole thing a familial air."
Those close pedagogical ties have also shaped the festival's
programming mandate. "We want to collect these ideas and then to
transmit them to our audience," Perez explains. "Our job is to
share and to mediate. When someone goes to one of our
conferences, they should leave knowing more about cinema."
Think Cinema will launch a new component this year, introducing
a competition for aspiring screenwriters that will award the
winner a development grant to finish writing their script. As
Perez sees it, the new initiative is an outgrowth of the
festival’s very identity.
"We believe in cycles," he explains. "We transmit and remount
classic films on the big screen, and organize conferences with a
young public. And among those students might be a future
"When I was 18, I received a grant that allowed me to travel to
France to study," adds the actor and director. "That changed my
life. It gave me a career. So this is a way to consider the
future part of this cycle, to find new talent and to assist them